Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Mansionair set March 1 for debut album, tour

photo: Jess Gleeson
Sydney-based, Grammy-nominated band Mansionair announce the release of their debut album Shadowboxer March 1 on Glassnote Records. New single “Shadows” is out today. The band will hit the road for their first US headline tour, kicking off in West Hollywood at The Roxy in March and wrapping up in Kansas City in April. Full list of tour dates below.

Shadowboxer was written and self-produced over a three-year period - in living rooms, studios, a garage in inner-city Sydney, and finally a cabin in the California mountains in-between the band’s travels and touring.

It’s the culmination of a journey that started with a viral hit single and led to high profile collaborations, a Grammy nomination, Billboard charting singles and several major support tours (CHVRCHES, Florence & The Machine, Bob Moses, SiriusXM Advanced Placement co-headline). But it’s also an album reflective of everything the band were going through personally and creatively - from mental health to sickness, relationship breakdowns to the ordinary coming-of-age struggles of youth.

"Shadowboxer is about acknowledging that we are often our own opponent, and learning to accept our inner shadows - the ones we try so hard to ignore. It’s a record about deciding to lift our gaze from the darkness and acknowledge the light that shapes us. It bookends our first years of discovering who we are and what we wanted Mansionair to be, as we pushed through insecurities, uncertainties and moments of relief. It’s as much a diary of our first three years working together as friends as it is about making every mistake possible together," Mansionair said collectively of their debut album.

2018 was a milestone year for Mansionair... They received their first Grammy nomination for their collaboration with Odesza on the single “Line of Sight”, which climbed Billboard’s Dance/Electronic charts. They received their first Billboard Alternative charting song with “Astronaut (Something About Your Love).”

The band received their feature on the FIFA 19 Soundtrack with “Violet City.” The band’s genre-splitting production style also ensured a steady stream of others queuing up for their remix treatment; Death Cab for Cutie, Portugal. The Man, Rhye, Gryffin, and others.

To date Mansionair have accumulated over 130 million streams

Track listing:

Astronaut (Something About Your Love)
Violet City
We Could Leave
Waiting Room
Best Behaviour
I Won’t Take No For An Answer

Tour Dates:

March 1: Phoenix, AZ @ M3F Festival
March 2: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
March 5: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
March 7: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
March 8: Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
March 9: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
March 11: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
March 12: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
March 18: Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
March 19: Raleigh, NC @ Kings
March 20: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
March 22: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
March 23: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
March 24: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
March 25: Montreal, QB @ Ministère
March 26: Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
March 28: Columbus, OH @ The Basement
March 29: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
March 30: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
April 1: Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
April 2: Kansas City, MO @ recordBar

The Drums tackle 'Brutalism' on new album, tour in April

photo: Nicholas Moore
The Drums released the critically acclaimed "Abysmal Thoughts" in 2017, marking the band's first release as a solo project from Jonny Pierce. Now, two years later, The Drums announces its fifth LP and a North American tour in support of the album.

Brutalism, co-produced by Pierce, will be released on April 5 via ANTI-. Pre-order the album HERE, and get your tickets for the upcoming tour HERE.

Listen to first single "Body Chemistry" HERE.

"For the year prior to writing this song, I had been dealing with an increased feeling of depression. To counter that, I was doing all I could do to try and make myself feel good: implementing all sorts of self-care, going to therapy, eating well, exercising at the gym, taking a step back from partying, and focusing on positive relationships while weeding out the not-so-good ones" he explains.

"I still found myself weighed down with anxiety and depression. This song asks the question: Is this dull, sad feeling in my DNA? Is it part of my gene pool? Can it ever be corrected? I had been confronting some of my most stubborn demons, and I came to realize that confronting doesn't always mean conquering."

Like Jonny Pierce, Brutalism is a bicoastal record - written and recorded between Upstate New York and a studio in Stinson Beach. Following a painful divorce and an incredibly difficult stint living solely in Los Angeles, Pierce decided it was time to face his demons, and the making of this record is a part of that process.

"I was exhausted, depleted and sabotaging myself, partying so much but in reality running away from pain. It was a downward spiral." Pierce knew it was time to go to therapy, and begin to reckon with his depression. "It was do or die," he says. While he focused on his mental health, the making of Brutalism became an extension of self-care for Pierce.

He brought in Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands) to mix the album. If there was a guitar part he wanted to write but couldn't play, he brought in a guitarist. It's also the first Drums record with a live drummer. Delegating freed up Pierce's time to produce a more specific vision.

The past year has been transformative Pierce, who may seem to have a permanent rain cloud above his head but is working towards a better, healthier headspace. "I don't think I'll ever really find myself," he says. "I don't think people do. I don't think there's a day that you wake up and you go, Now I know who I am. The best way for me to be an artist is by taking a goddamn minute, being still and listening to what it is that I want and need." It was a real year of growth for him, but growth towards what? "I don't really know, and that's OK."

Track listing:

1. Pretty Cloud
2. Body Chemistry
3. 626 Bedford Avenue
4. Brutalism
5. Loner
6. I Wanna Go Back
7. Kiss It Away
8. My Jasp
9. Blip Of Joy

Tour dates:

4/24/19 - Tustin, CA @ Marty's On Newport
4/26/19 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
4/27/19 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
4/29/19 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
4/30/19 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
5/01/19 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
5/02/19 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
5/04/19 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
5/07/19 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
5/08/19 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
5/09/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore
5/10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
5/11/19 - Washington, D.C. @ The Black Cat
5/13/19 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
5/14/19 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
5/15/19 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
5/16/19 - Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theater
5/17/19 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
5/18/19 - Tampa Bay, FL @ The Orpheum
5/20/19 - Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
5/21/19 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)
5/22/19 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
5/23/19 - Austin, TX @ Emo's

Bryan Ferry unveils tour dates

British music icon and soon to be inducted Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Bryan Ferry has announced the U.S. leg of his world tour, where he will play songs from Avalon, solo & Roxy Music hits. The tour will begin in July before concluding in September. Tickets go on-sale starting Friday, Jan. 18 at 10am via


July 30, 2019 Toronto, ON Sony Centre
August 1, 2019 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
August 3, 2019 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
August 5, 2019 Boston, MA Boston Opera House
August 7, 2019 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theater
August 9, 2019 New York, NY United Palace Theater
August 11, 2019 Philadelphia, PA The Met
August 13, 2019 Washington, DC The Anthem
August 15, 2019 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
August 17, 2019 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
August 21, 2019 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
August 23, 2019 Austin, TX ACL Live at the Moody Theater
August 25, 2019 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
August 27, 2019 San Diego, CA Copley Symphony Hall
August 29, 2019 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
August 31, 2019 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre
September 3, 2019 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
September 5, 2019 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Final album by The Cranberries due in the spring

"I can't think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of Dolores' passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band." - Eileen O'Riordan, Dolores O'Riordan's mother

Thirty years after forming in Limerick (initially as The Cranberry Saw Us) The Cranberries are set to release their 8th and final album In The End on April 26 via BMG.

With Stephen Street once again taking producer duties, the eleven-track record brings a remarkable career to a fitting and powerful closure. Announcing the album, the band has shared the first single "All Over Now" that blends rock, alternative and catchy almost pop-sounding melodies to deliver a classic Cranberries sound.

The Cranberries - Dolores O'Riordan, Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler - emerged from the pre-Brit-pop scene of the early '90s, with their trademark indie guitar sound and Dolores' distinctive Celtic-tinged lilting vocal style - described by Melody Maker as "the voice of a saint trapped in a glass harp". Their rise to global fame was nothing short of meteoric; best known for their now classic songs "Linger", "Zombie" and "Dreams", the band have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

While it is tinged with sadness following Dolores' unexpected death on January 15th, 2018, In The End is not a valediction, it is a celebration, one that stands as a powerful testimony to the life and creative work of Dolores and her brothers in music Noel, Mike and Fergal.

The genesis of In The End began in May 2017 while the band were on tour. By winter of 2017 Noel and Dolores had written and demoed the eleven songs that would eventually appear on the album. "Dolores was so energized by the prospect of making this record and to getting back out on the road to play the songs live," recalls Noel.

In coming to terms with her tragic passing Noel, Mike and Fergal listened to the songs and, with the support of Dolores' family, wanted to honor their close friend, and collaborator by completing the record.

Speaking about the band's concerns at the time Noel said, "we knew this had to be one of the, if not the, best Cranberries album that we could possibly do. The worry was that we would destroy the legacy of the band by making an album that wasn't up to standard. Once we had gone through all the demos that Dolores and I had worked on and decided that we had such a strong album we knew it would be the right thing and the best way that we could honour Dolores."

With the songs at various stages of completion they turned to Stephen Street - who had produced four of their previous albums including Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? and No Need To Argue - and spent 4 weeks in a London studio building the sounds around her vocals from the original demos. "It was a bitter sweet time. The joy of recording new tracks is always exciting and one of the best parts of being in a band. At the end of every day when we'd laid down our parts there was a sense of sadness, knowing that Dolores wouldn't be in that evening to work on that day's track," remembers Noel.

The album is a strong goodbye from the band to their fans, a fitting tribute to their bandmate and friend and, most importantly, a collection of powerful songs that can take their rightful place with The Cranberries' previous six records.

Speaking about the single and the album Dolores' mother said, "I miss her awfully, specially today, as does the entire family. That said I can't think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of her passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band. She was very excited about this new album and was really looking forward to its release. I have no doubt that she is happy now and would be delighted with today's announcement."

Track listing:

1. All Over Now
2. Lost
3. Wake Me When It's Over
4. A Place I Know
5. Catch Me If You Can
6. Got It
7. Illusion
8. Crazy Heart
9. Summer Song
10. The Pressure
11. In The End

From the archives: 2003 solo album from Prefab Sprout's Paddy McAloon to be reissued

Originally released as a Paddy McAloon solo album in 2003, ‘I Trawl The Megahertz’ is now remastered with new artwork and captivating liner notes written by Paddy McAloon. Scheduled for release through Sony Music Entertainment on March 22, it will be available in digital, CD and vinyl formats and is available for pre-order now:

‘I Trawl The Megahertz’ was conceived and recorded after Paddy was diagnosed with a medical condition that seriously affected his vision.

“In 1996 after recording Andromeda Heights, I started to work on a new batch of songs for an album I wanted to call ‘20th Century Magic’,” Paddy recalls. “After sidelining ‘20th Century Magic’ I started to consider another project. The title song of this new project, ‘Doomed Poets’, was a moody little number and a sort of forerunner to ‘Megahertz in terms of mood.

“One spring morning in ’99 just for the hell of it, I entered a few random notes into the sequencer of my (even then) ancient Atari computer,” Paddy explains. “I recorded a couple of further layers without listening to what had gone before. By pure good luck, when I played them back they formed a few chords that filled me with a strange sort of nostalgia for something I couldn’t name or get close to. At some point a picture started to form. That’s how Megahertz started.”

The album is comprised of nine compositions; the lengthy 22 minute title track, a series of shorter instrumental pieces and a couple of songs originally intended to accompany a short film. The track ‘I’m 49’ is one of Paddy’s favourites featuring sampled voices. “Musically I like to think of it as Van McCoy on a downer,” Paddy says.

Though the record originally appeared as a solo album, it seems fitting to now classify it as a Prefab Sprout project. “I thought we could do anything”, Paddy says of those heady Prefab days. “And Megahertz is true to that spirit. The music here is of a piece with everything I’ve ever written. It’s from the heart.”

Track listing:

1. I Trawl The Megahertz
2. Esprit De Corps
3. Fall From Grace
4. We Were Poor
5. Orchid 7
6. I’m 49
7. Sleeping Rough
8. Ineffable
9. …But We Were Happy

Monday, January 14, 2019

The NAMM Show '19 news: Gibson Guitars

Since 1894, the GIBSON story has been central to the development of sound and the guitar itself. In 2019, after more than a century, GIBSON artists, players and fans will experience the all American-made instrument brand rejuvenated. 

The company announced will unveil a new era in product evolution and brand building with multiple experiences at NAMM 2019 next week in Anaheim, CA. The GIBSON NAMM 2019 experience will feature daily events from artist performances, Q&A’s and new product debuts at the GIBSON space in Room #207, (daily 11-5pm). 

GIBSON’s events will start with a media preview and Custom Shop preview sale on Wednesday, January 23 and an opening party will launch Thursday, January 24 at City National Grove of Anaheim with live performances from Billy Gibbons, Nancy Wilson, Peter Frampton, Black Pistol Fire, Cam, Jared James Nichols and more.

As the guitar of choice for legendary artists working in rock, pop, country, blues, folk, jazz and beyond, the new GIBSON era celebrates the legacies of iconic models like the Les Paul, the SG and the ES-335. GIBSON will continue to closely collaborate with and service its legacy roster, at the same time looking to the future with instruments that will nurture new players across generations, genders and genres.

At the core of that vision is GIBSON’s unrivaled share of sound--the reach and influence of the brand’s legacy and instruments. And it is that reach and influence that to this day inspires countless players in bars and clubs and bedrooms across the globe. 
GIBSON looks back as much as it looks forward with new, historically accurate legacy models to contemporary updates and the renewed commitment to additional brands under the GIBSON umbrella, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger, KRK Systems, Cerwin Vega, and Stanton. 


Gibson Brands, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, TN, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the number one guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger and Gibson Pro Audio division brands Cerwin Vega, KRK Systems and Stanton. Gibson Brands is dedicated toquality, innovation and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands.

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The NAMM Show '19 news: Elle King

On Saturday, Jan. 26, Elle King will perform on the Grand Plaza Stage during The NAMM Show for the annual Imagine Party hosted by The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

Now the singer has added more dates to her “Shake The Spirit” Tour, kicking off in April and running through May. Tickets and VIP packages go on sale Friday, Jan. 18 at 10 am local time.

Visit for more details. Other tour dates to be announced soon.

The new single “Baby Outlaw” debuted #1 most added on the AAA chart and is currently Top 20 on the chart. Watch her performance of “Baby Outlaw” The Late Late Show with James Corden HERE.

King’s second studio album SHAKE THE SPIRIT was released in the fall of 2018. Lead single “Shame” topped the Triple A Radio chart at #1 for two consecutive weeks, and with her fourth radio #1 single “Shame,” Elle became the only act in history to have scored #1s on all 4 radio formats. READ the Billboard chart story here.

She celebrated the record-breaking news with her fans on Instagram. King performed “Shame” on Good Morning America with an interview with Robin Roberts, Nightline, Live with Kelly and Ryan,and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Her debut album Love Stuff was released in February 2015. Breakthrough single “Ex’s & Oh’s” earned two Grammy nominations and was certified double platinum. The track hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs Chart and topped the AAA, Hot AC, and Alternative Radio charts, leading King to become the second female artist in 18 years to reach No. 1 at the latter format.

Also, King was also featured on Dierks Bentley’s Grammy-nominated, No. 1 Country Airplay hit “Different For Girls” (she performed it with Bentley at the CMA Awards and took home an award for “Musical Event of the Year”). King then performed for President Obama in honor of Mavis Staples at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors. 

Tour dates:

Thu/Apr-11 Tallahassee, FL The Moon
Fri/Apr-12 Fort Lauderdale, FL Tortuga Music Festival
Sat/Apr-13 Jacksonville, FL Maverick
Tue/Apr-16 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
Thu/Apr-18 Columbia, SC The Senate
Fri/Apr-19 Norfolk, VA The NorVA
Sat/Apr-20 Richmond VA The National
Tue/Apr-23 Portland, ME State Theatre
Wed/Apr-24 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall *
Fri/Apr-26 Cleveland, OH Masonic Auditorium
Sat/Apr-27 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Mon/Apr-29 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts*
Tue/Apr-30 Asheville NC Orange Peel
Thu/May-2 Knoxville, TN The Mill & Mine
Sun/May-5 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall*
Mon/May-6 Austin, TX Stubb's*
Tue/May-7 Dallas, TX House of Blues *
Thu/May-9 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
Fri/May-10 St. Louis, MO Delmar
Sat/May-11 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe @ Old National Center
Mon/May-13 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
Tue/May-14 Kansas City, MO The Truman
Thu/May-16 Boulder, CO Boulder Theatre
Fri/May-17 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
Sat/May-18 Boise, ID Revolution Center
Mon/May-20 Seattle, WA Neptune
Tue/May-21 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Thu/May-23 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Sat/May-25 Napa, CA BottleRock Festival
Wed/May-29 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Thu/May-30 Santa Barbara, CA The Granada Theatre
*Opening act TBD